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Los Alamos National Laboratory High Energy Nuclear Physics Postdoc in Los Alamos, New Mexico

Vacancy Name: IRC76331


Job Title High Energy Nuclear Physics Postdoc

Location Los Alamos, NM, US

Organization Name P-25/Subatomic Physics

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What You Will Do

The Physics Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) invites outstanding applicants for a postdoctoral position in the High Energy Nuclear Physics (HENP) team of the Subatomic Physics Group (P-25) to work on the SpinQuest experiment at Fermilab and the Electron Ion Collider (EIC) physics program development.

SpinQuest/E1039 is a fixed-target Drell-Yan experiment using the Main Injector beam at Fermilab, in the NM4 hall. It follows up on the work of the NuSea/E866 and SeaQuest/E906 experiments at Fermilab that sought to measure the dbar/ubar ratio on the nucleon as a function of Bjorken-x. By using transversely polarized targets of NH3 and ND3, SpinQuest seeks to measure the Sivers asymmetry of the ubar and dbar quarks in the nucleon, a novel measurement aimed at discovering if the light sea quarks contribute to the intrinsic spin of the nucleon via orbital angular momentum.

The successful applicant will be stationed at Fermilab during commissioning and data taking and acquire the skills needed to take on a leading role in SpinQuest tasks, which will involve detector operation/maintenance, analysis and publication of the data. The postdoctoral researcher will also play a role in physics simulation studies for the EIC project and actively participate in relevant EIC meetings. The EIC is a future facility that will collide intense beams of spin-polarized electrons with intense beams of polarized nucleons or unpolarized nuclei from deuterium to uranium. The aim of the EIC is to study nuclear matter properties via Deep Inelastic Scattering.

The team:

The HENP team at LANL is currently involved in multiple physics programs, including the PHENIX experiment, the ongoing detector R&D for the sPHENIX experiment at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), the LHCb experiment at CERN, the SpinQuest/E1039 experiment at Fermilab and the EIC project.

Several postdocs and junior/senior staff are committed to the physics programme of the EIC project and the SpinQuest experiment where LANL is the lead institution. The successful candidate is expected to receive the appropriate mentoring needed from detector and analysis experts that will enable long term maturity and independence of the postdoc and enhance her/his long term career prospects.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

The candidate must either have completed a Ph.D. in physics, preferably in experimental mediumand/or high energy nuclear or particle physics, within the last five years, or be expected to complete the Ph.D. soon. The postdoctoral term is initially for 2 years, with an option to renew for a third year.Experience working in a collaborative International/multi-cultural environment.

Desired Skills:

Experience in one or more of the following: data analysis, data simulations, trigger simulations, detector maintenance, calibrations, slow control systems will be particularly valued.

Notes to Applicants: Contact astrid@lanl.gov for more information.

Additional Details:

Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Candidates may be considered for a Director's Postdoc Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Richard P. Feynman, Darleane Christian Hoffman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick Reines Distinguished Postdoc Fellowships.

For more information about the Postdoc Program, go to https://www.lanl.gov/careers/career-options/postdoctoral-research/index.php .

Equal Opportunity:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

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Req ID: IRC76331